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We are extremely grateful to our clients and vendors for a fantastic year! Wishing all a prosperous and healthy 2017 - Happy New Year! We look forward to helping you with new windows and doors in 2017!
"Companies are not easily defined - except by reputation."
As we wrap up 2015 our Bridgetown team wants to extend a sincere thank you to all of our clients this past year! Working with each of you made this a phenomenal year. There are exciting projects ahead and we will continue to work hard to provide the best products, craftsmanship and customer service possible.
Wishing you and your family a magical holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
A great replacement door complements both the home and its surroundings, whether it’s a Craftsman home in NE Portland or a mid-century modern in SW Portland. Our first step is listening to what our clients envision. Then tapping into our expertise on style, product options, and the flexibility of our manufacturing partners, we guide them through the process of selecting just the right door. Professional installation and trim detail by our craftsmen carpenters results in true works of art.
This contemporary entry door is a show stopper! The new double door mirrors the design of the garage door, transforming the façade of this SW Portland mid-century modern home. We replaced the existing 70’s double doors with a Simpson French door from their new Contemporary Collection. The four lite, two panel French door has an offset second panel that can swing open but appears as a fixed side lite. Insulated white laminated glass offers privacy, light and style that mimics the garage door. Simpson's Contemporary Collection offers this modern clean line without sacrificing performance and provides the added benefit of water-barrier technology.
This homeowner was thrilled with their new door saying it was just as they had imagined it! That is music to our ears.
We are so fortunate to work with many great window and door manufacturers who stand behind their products. Recently we replaced a full house of windows with the Milgard, Tuscany Series window. The customer noticed the glass on one of her new picture windows had more “flex” to it than her other picture window. I looked at it, and sure enough it did seem a little different than the other one. Everything else looked great so I set up a time for our Milgard representative to visit the job with me to investigate this situation. He inspected the window – said the installation was flawless and there were no visible defects so he went back to the factory to determine what glass was used. It turned out the picture window glass was too thin by 1/16” and he set up a time for Milgard to come out and replace the glass.
Milgard offers a full lifetime warranty for both parts and labor to the original homeowner – plus a transferable 10-year warranty if you sell your home. The Tuscany and the Essence Series windows even have a glass breakage warranty. This warranty is with the window regardless if you have our experienced Bridgetown team install them, a large commercial contractor, a custom home builder or even your Uncle Fred.
We're excited to enter one of our recent projects, The Porch with Integrity, for the 2015 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award. The award honors the creative use of Integrity Windows and Doors.
Our entry is for a project we did on a SE Portland bungalow. The home is charming with many original features and a lovely wraparound porch. However, it sits on a busy street so enjoying the porch was challenging. We worked with the homeowner to recapture the living space and reduce the noise by enclosing the porch. Using Marvin’s Integrity Wood Ultrex windows with a full divided lite we enclosed the porch using picture windows and casements that allow summer breezes to cool the space. Our craftsmen carpenters finished it off by adding interior and exterior casing to the windows and base making the new space look original to the home. The new porch is being used as intended, complete with a porch swing - a perfect quiet area for their children to play and watch the world go by.
Many cool projects from across the country are entered in the contest. We are proud to represent the great city of Portland, Oregon in this prestigious national award.
Stay tuned - we will be asking for your vote in the People’s Choice Award in August!
View the 2015 Entries.
Successful window design is a mix between art and science. The proportions of the window, the organization of the divided lites and the finish details have a huge impact on the overall appearance and function of a home.
On this project we worked collaboratively with the homeowners to design a window configuration that functioned well and blended with the essence of the original windows. The existing large picture window on this classic 1920’s Tudor did not allow for good ventilation. Our goal was to convert the fixed picture window into a fully operating window assembly to compliment the style of the home and improve the air flow.
We drafted a series of scaled drawings with a variety of patterns and sizes for the customer to choose from. The ultimate choice was a Marvin casement, picture, casement window assembly with a marginal divided lite pattern. The new windows provide fresh air, improved energy performance and add visual interest to the front of this classic NE Portland home.
Have you ever been to a home where windows and doors have just been replaced and it doesn't look just right but you don't know why? Often times it is the stain or paint job that doesn't do the product justice. Finishing is just one of many things we discuss with you to make sure your windows or door look exceptional.
New doors and windows are the first thing people see when they visit and are exciting home investments. They enhance the style and functionality of your home, giving it a face lift, improving its energy efficiency and keeping the elements at bay. Choosing high quality products and entrusting our craftsmen to install them correctly is only the first step. What is often overlooked is the importance of finishing them properly with a good quality stain or paint job.
On a poor paint job your attention may be drawn to runs and drips, visible brush strokes, and uneven finishes. A good quality job will enhance the beauty of the windows and doors and protect them well over time.
We live in a wet climate and moisture is not a friend to wood. So ensuring that all edges of your door are
sealed is essential to preventing it from wicking moisture into the wood causing damage. Properly painting the edges of windows and where the wood meets the glass is also critical to ensuring they last.
Finishing the job with a high quality paint or stain job, along with periodic refinishing, is your insurance policy protecting your investment.
Simpson Door: http://www.simpsondoor.com/care-finishing/
The saying goes - you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The front door is the first, and last impression of your home. Our passion and expertise is creating the welcome people want for their homes when replacing their tired and worn out front doors. We begin by talking about the practical aspects like security and protection from the rain, sun or wind. Next we walk customers through design options. What are they looking for – more traditional? More modern? Adding glass or more privacy? We provide drawings to show how different designs will change the look or better compliment the home.
Listening to what our customers want, and seeing pictures of what they like, we help find the right solution either from a manufacturer or with a custom design.
One customer in a classic NE Hollywood area home had a much loved but worn out entry door. She was looking for more privacy and to warm up the entry. We helped her select a Craftsman style door, adding the richness of stained fir and the perfect balance of light and privacy with the divided light above the dentil shelf.
A new door, sometimes with sidelights, new hardware and the trim all work together to create an enticing welcome and a lasting impression. Let us know when you are ready to make a change.
Portland, OR based window and door replacement specialists